STEAM Night Volunteers at Palmer Elementary

The LTMaker Lab is looking for two volunteers to run a table at Palmer Elementary’s STEAM Night (Science Technology Engineering Art Math). Mr. Solin would be sending you with a 3D printer and a Carvey as well as materials and plans.



  • Completion of Innovation and Creation Lab course
  • Access to a car to bring the machines to the school and back
  • Service Learning hours available
  • If interested, email Mr. Solin at jbsolin

BDPA Oracle Scholarship

Oracle is a Silver Sponsor of BDPA.  Oracle knows talented individuals drive success, and they are willing to encourage positive workforce development through organizations such as BDPA.   As such, Oracle made the decision to offer the 9th Annual Oracle Scholarship for BDPA Students – again this year.  The winning scholars will be announced at the 2017 BDPA Scholarship Breakfast on July 28 in Cincinnati, OH.

These scholarships are available to high school students (grade 12), community college students and undergraduate college students.  The student must be studying in a STEM-related curriculum.  The  student must also be a BDPA member in good standing on or before July 1, 2017.   BDPA student membership is $25 annually.

Past Oracle scholars were helped by this funding as well as the BDPA programs and services made available to them at the local chapter level.  The next step is yours!  Do you know anyone at Chicago Public Schools who might be interested in this college scholarship?   The completed application must be received on or before Saturday, July 1, 2017.

R. Wayne Hicks, Executive Director
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation
Cell: (513) 284-4968


For 40 years, BDPA has enabled the upward mobility of African Americans and other minorities in the Information Technology (IT) and STEM fields. Through its 40+ local community chapters in major cities across the United States, BDPA has been at the forefront of promoting the minority agenda within the IT profession since 1975. BDPA has been a leader and pioneer in technology and STEM training for IT professionals and High School students since 1986. Our National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program which is a hands-on training program, has introduced tens of thousands of high school students to coding and application development while also presenting opportunities for students to obtain college scholarships due to the generosity of our sponsors and partners. Because of BDPA’s focus on students and professional members alike, we continue to support and lead the upward success of our members “from the classroom to the boardroom”.

Wolfram Summer Programs Applications Open

Their summer program is for high school students aged 17 or younger.
Apply now to the Wolfram Summer Programs for Science, Technology
& Innovation!

The Wolfram Summer School is a unique educational and career
opportunity to learn and do projects at the frontiers of science,
technology and innovation. Take part in hands-on learning–from
applying Wolfram’s unique approach to creative ideas to turning
those ideas into research, products and companies.

This program will be held from June 18 to July 7 at Bentley
University near Boston, Massachusetts. For more information and
to apply, please visit:

The Wolfram High School Summer Camp is a project-oriented camp
for high-school students, introducing them to cutting-edge
programming, computational thinking and innovative technology.
The camp is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial and
STEM-minded high-school students to learn how to develop and
explore science and technology.

This program will be held from June 25 to July 7, also at Bentley
University. Students must be age 17 or younger as of July 7,
2017, to be eligible. For more information and to apply, please

For details, please visit the FAQ pages or contact us at

Carol Cronin
Education Administrator

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award – Deadline 11/7

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

Award for AiC LogoThe NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The multi-tiered structure includes recognition at the national and local levels, serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.

Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.

Each local Affiliate Award program taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance Members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women passionate about computing.

Quote from Award RecipientApplications for the 2017 Award for Aspirations in Computing are now open.

Apply Now!


Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets all of the following criteria:

  • She attends a high school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending a high school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. military base.
  • She has a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
  • She is not an NCWIT employee and has no immediate family relationship with employees, extended staff, contractors or board members of NCWIT (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren and persons residing in the same household).

Applicants may reapply each year, but can only receive the National Award once; Affiliate Award programs allow repeat recipients at their own discretion.


Each Affiliate Award winner receives recognition at an Award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and may receive various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more.

Each National Award winner receives various prizes, cash, and a trip to Bank of America headquarters on March 3-5, 2017 for a celebration and networking with Bank of America employees.

Any prize that is classified as taxable income must be reported to the IRS. Taxes, where applicable, are the responsibility of the award winner.

Application Details

To apply, high school women must first register online. Click here to begin registration.

Then, students can apply online beginning September 1, 2016 and no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 7, 2016.

You may preview the application in English before you get started. You may also want to review the application how-to guide. Parents can review the approval how-to guide as well. For frequently asked questions about applying, approvals, and endorsements, please visit our FAQ page.

Additional Rules

Winners of the National Award are required to submit additional paperwork, including a notarized travel waiver and tax ID information. Failure by National Award recipients and/or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to return required paperwork, book travel within the allotted time, or attend the Bank of America celebration may result in forfeiture of all awards hereunder. To the extent required by law, Bank of America will report the value of the gift/reward/travel expenses to the IRS on Form 1099.

NCWIT may require additional hard-copy, notarized paperwork, at its discretion.

Note: Any Lane Tech CS teacher will gladly endorse and / or help you with your application. We will also offer at least one session to answer questions about the application.

Cards Against Humanity’s Science Ambassador Scholarship for Girls

Cards Against Humanity Re-Opens Applications for Full Ride Scholarship

CHICAGO, IL – Comedy card game Cards Against Humanity announced today that applications are now open for their Science Ambassador Scholarship, a full ride scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering, or math. The recipient of the award will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years.

The growing $950,000 scholarship trust is funded by sales of Cards Against Humanity’s “Science Pack,” co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait. The pack is available now for $10 at

“I’m so excited that we’re able to offer another scholarship for a woman studying STEM. A lot of us at Cards Against Humanity have backgrounds in science and tech, and the underrepresentation of women in these fields is staggering,” said Jenn Bane, the Cards Against Humanity community director. “Ask a kid to draw a scientist, they’ll draw a man in a lab coat, because science and math are historically male-dominated fields. Cards Against Humanity has a large audience, so with the Science Ambassador Scholarship we hope to help change the public perception of what a scientist looks like.”

The scholarship applications will be judged by a board of over sixty women who work professionally in science, including representatives from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as TED, NSF, Huxley, and Hubble fellows.

College and high school students are both eligible. To apply, students should submit a three minute video explaining a scientific topic they’re passionate about.

Board member Veronica Berns, postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Education at Northwestern University, said, “We’re accepting video applications because we want to raise visibility of women in science. Production value isn’t a factor in these videos. We’re looking for passionate, creative students who can break down a complicated scientific topic.”

Last spring, the board awarded the scholarship to Sona Dadhania, a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania studying Materials Science and Engineering.

“I was so shocked and unprepared to hear that I won,” said Sona, who submitted a video explaining nanotechnology. “When I first heard, I was walking back into my TA’s office hours with a super big grin, and a couple of my friends noticed how excited I seemed, so I ended up blurting out what happened to everyone in the room. I hope that as Science Ambassador, I can inspire a passion and love for science in someone else.”

Students can watch Sona’s winning video and apply at The deadline is December 11th, 2016.

Engineering Round Robin

Engineering Round Robin at University of Illinois hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.

The event is called Engineering Round Robin, and it is a day-long event for middle and high school girls to get to participate in fun engineering activities, interact with other girls who share their interests, and ask questions to current college students who are women studying engineering! Check out the flyer below.

Khan Academy Breakthrough Junior Challenge

We’re proud to partner with the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest again this year. Your student could win a $250,000 college scholarship!

To enter, your student should create a short video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.

Learn more and register today

Anyone ages 13 through 18 is eligible to enter. The winner’s teacher will receive a $50,000 prize, and their school will get a new $100,000 science lab. The winner will also be invited to an awards ceremony, where the prize will be presented in front of the superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.

Good luck, and we can’t wait to see your student’s video!

Lizzie and the Khan Academy team

P.S.The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2016. Learn more and register today.

Fifty for the Future

The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) is pleased to announce that the search for this year’s Fifty for the Future® has begun.

The ITF Fifty for the Future® mobilizes academia and industry to support students across Illinois universities who aspire to greatness in the field of technology. Faculty are invited to submit nominations for individual students or the student can self- nominate and have the nomination supported by faculty. Submitted students will be reviewed by a team of industry leaders, highlighting those who compel the technology industry forward.

In its 9th year, this event will honor Illinois students who have proven determination and foresight through their education and deeds in the application and development of technology. This annual competition culminates in an evening of celebration, highlighting the students themselves and the Foundation’s work with industry and academia in bringing real world experiences into the classroom to assure a steady stream of future technology workers and leaders for Illinois.

The awards are open to all students from high school juniors to graduate students that do not graduate before March 15, 2016.

Student self-nominations and faculty nominations are open at

Women Tech Founders event TONIGHT

Join the Fall ’15 Celebration: Women Tech Founders Live!

Stories of women who are leveraging tech to change the world.

October 19th, from 5:30-8:30pm, at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart

CoHosted with WiSTEM & Ms. Tech

Today’s women tech founders are using tech to change their world and the world of those around them. On Monday, October 19th you can hear 7 amazing founder stories… and learn how you can reach your dreams too.

Food & beverages will be included with your ticket.

Live videotaping and other media will capture both the stage and audience!

Please note: This event will have limited seating.

Tickets at (student tickets heavily discounted) and Flyer attached.